Opening Night Props Handle Surprises Westgate / Get 66 Pages of Prop Bets

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Super Bowl 53 . . .

Matt Youmans and others from Team VSiN (Pauly, Sammy P and Tuley) were in attendence at the Westgate SuperBook as hundreds of prop bets were unveiled at 7 p.m.

Writes Matt:

It was 6:59 p.m. Thursday when the betting boards in the Westgate lit up with hundreds of Super Bowl propositions. The first two limit bets were plays on Tom Brady.

When the book closed for business three hours later, the wagering handle soared over the total Jay Kornegay had anticipated.

“I didn’t expect this,” Kornegay, vice president of the Westgate sports book, said of a handle topping $400,000 on the opening night for prop betting.

Full story here.

Here is a 66-page package of sheets from the Westgate, William Hill, South Point and Caesars. I will add to it as I get more sheets.

Behind the Book . . .

Scott Shelton of MGM had this update after Day 5 of SB betting:

Largest point spread wager for each team

Patriots -1.5 $115,500
Rams +2 $4,000

Jay, Rood, MGM’s VP of Race & Sports, stopped by the South Point on Thursday and gave a wide-ranging, hour-long interview to Gill on A Numbers Game. Topics include Super Bowl props, big-event liability and an infamous Tyson fight night.

Dave Tuley’s ATS report . . .

NBA underdogs went 3-1 ATS as Wizards covered as 9.5-point home dogs vs. the Warriors in 126-118 loss, Pelicans covered as 13.5-point road dogs in 122-116 loss at Thunder and Timberwolves beat the Lakers outright, 120-105, as 2.5-point road dogs. Trail Blazers were the only favorites to cover in 120-106 win over the Suns as 8.5-point road faves; Overs went 3-1 with the first 3 games going Over before the Timberwolves-Lakers game stayed Under 230.5.

In CBB Top 25: No. 4 Gonzaga just routed Santa Clara 98-39 (not a typo): Bulldogs covered as 21.5-point road favorites; earlier, No. 6 Michigan St. rallied to beat No. 19 Iowa 82-67 (after trailing by 4 at halftime) to cover as 5-point road faves.

Seen & Heard on VSiN

Westgate SuperBook VP of Risk Management Ed Salmons discusses with Mitch & Pauly the challenge of balancing "sharp" vs "public" action on Super Bowl props.

Charlie M opens up some props of his own as we fine tune the rules for the Mitch Chick-Fil-A Challenge. Pauly is concerned that weather may play a factor.

On A Numbers Game, Gill’s Football Free-For-All with Warren Sharp & Bill Krackomberger.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, Brent and his Guys in the Desert, explains why today’s athletes are simply better than the era he played despite football still being a relatively simple game.

Reporting in from the Longbar at the D Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, Derek Stevens and Mike Palm engage in a spirited discussion with Brent and the crew about some of their winning and losing bets (and some of Amal’s, too).

Ron Flatter on horse racing . . .

The $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational is America’s richest race, and the Ron Flatter Racing Pod is on the road at Gulfstream Park, Florida, to cover it. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas talks about his colt Bravazo and his chances to win the race. Jason Blewitt of Gulfstream Park TV and XBTV has a preview of the big race and the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf.

If pace makes the race, then Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate could fall prey to a rival in the last start of his career. Ron previews the $9 million Pegasus World Cup in his column from Gulfstream Park, Fla.

Ron checked in with Brent from the track on Thursday, sharing which horse he has circled for the race.

VSiN news you can use . . .

If you are coming to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl, please join us for Betting & Buds with Brent on the Friday prior. Meet the VSiN crew for football talk and some beers. Details here.

Subscribers-Only Features

What’s in new issue of Point Spread Weekly

By Steve Makinen
Point Spread Weekly editor

In this week’s publication, we’ll take an introductory look at the Super Bowl matchup as well as bring you all of the usual basketball, hockey and other coverage.

Our cover story is Super Bowl LIII, and the topic is Prop Culture, as Dave Tuley dedicates his Takes feature this week to what he looks for in props. Keep in mind, though, that while he introduces the topic this week, our expert staff will be offering some picks and analysis for more specific prop wagering opportunities in next week’s issue. Also covering the SB LIII action is Matt Youmans, who shares the thoughts of many key people in the Las Vegas sports betting industry regarding the point spread of the game and what it means to them. He also offers up an interesting take on what he thinks caused the extreme early line move on the game.

Basketball covers the majority of this week’s PSW pages, however, and I may be using the term majority more lightly than I should, as my own piece on NBA Home & Road-Court Performance takes up 17 pages itself. With a weekend off until the Super Bowl, I thought it would be a good time to produce what I call a “reference library” of material that readers can utilize for the rest of the season in the NBA. For each team I give a detailed breakdown on many various performance trends at home and on the road for the last two seasons. With the trends grouped by line ranges, opponent strengths, type of game, and more, it should be relatively easy for bettors to get a good feel of the situations in which teams thrive or struggle both at home and on the road.

One of our college basketball experts chips in this week with a look at a potential sleeper, as Greg Peterson breaks down the prospects for a particular team in the SEC that might be flying below the radar right now.

Youmans and Jonathan Von Tobel also contribute in the basketball ranks with their weekly Games to Watch. Basketball figures to take center stage this week with the sports world having to wait an extra seven days for next week’s Super Bowl game and they have insights and opinions on some of the biggest games we’ll all be watching.

Of course, nowadays in Las Vegas, little is bigger in the sports world than the NHL. With the league heading into its all-star weekend, Andy MacNeil breaks down the action in his piece “Handicapping the NHL All Star Tournament."

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